Monday, 10 November 2008

Louis Garrel

Louis Garrel (born June 14, 1983 in Paris) is a French actor. He is the son of Philippe Garrel, a director, and Brigitte Sy, a director and actress. His grandfather is Maurice Garrel and his godfather is actor Jean-Pierre Léaud, both of them also famous French actors.


Garrel is famous for his starring role in The Dreamers, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, and for regularly appearing in films by French directorChristophe Honoré, including Ma mère, Dans Paris and Les Chansons d'amour.


Garrel is a graduate of the Paris Conservatory. He was awarded the 2006 Cesar Award for Best Male Newcomer for his work in Les Amants réguliers, directed by his father and featuring his grandfather in a supporting role.


According to an interview with Michael Pitt in the New York Daily News, Garrel, just before the shooting the first nude scene in The Dreamers, ran nude through every room on the set screaming. The prank broke the tension and "loosened everybody up."


Garrel speaks French, English and Italian fluently.

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